Astronomy Communication Resources

The ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) supports science communicators, and especially those communicating astronomy with the public through different products and activities. This page gathers these resources together.

Publications

CAPjournal

The CAPjournal is a free peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators, online and in print. Get a free subscription from: http://www.capjournal.org/index.php

Below is a preview of the CAPjournal issue 13 (April 2013). Click on the arrows to flip the pages, or on the cover image to view it in fullscreen.



The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators

The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators (Springer New York, 2006, ISBN 0-387-26324-1) is a book that shows how to create the perfect marriage between science and communication. Drawing inspiration and examples from his years of experience in the field, Lars Lindberg Christensen from ESO ePOD offers hands-on advice about some of the most central topics of practical popular science communication with numerous examples from physics and astronomy.

Aimed at both the general public and a more specialised audience working as science communicators in a variety of communication offices in scientific institutions, the book provides the inspiration and the steps needed to become a good science communicator.

Link to amazon.com

Below is a sample of the book. Click on the arrows to flip the pages, or on the cover image to view it in fullscreen.

 

Publications on science communication written by Lars Lindberg Christensen, head of ePOD

http://www.eso.org/~lchriste/books.html
http://www.eso.org/~lchriste/publications.html

 

Publications on science communication written by Pedro Russo, International Year of Astronomy 2009 Coordinator

http://home.strw.leidenuniv.nl/~russo/publications.html  

Study on credibility of science communication by Lars Holm Nielsen et al.

http://www.spacetelescope.org/projects/credibility/

A comprehensive account of the activities at the Press Room at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly held in Prague in August 2006

(including descriptions of the planet debate): http://www.spacetelescope.org/about/further_information/techdocs/iau_po_report/

 

Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference Proceedings

Talks

ESO/ESA/IAU/Excellence Cluster 'Universe' Astronomy Communication Seminars are monthly meetings that take place at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany. Attendance is open to anyone and you can also follow the discussion during the event by searching #AstroComm on Twitter.
You can download all the previous presentations given at these seminars from: Astronomy Communication Seminars

Conferences

Communicating Astronomy with the Public conferences
http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/meetings/index.html
 

Astronomy communication sessions at JENAM 2010
http://www.jenam2010.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=78

Jobs in Astronomy Communication

Newsletters

Blogs

Useful links